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If you know me, you know that I have a fascination with India and Indian culture, and dream of one day traveling to India.  While in high school and college I dated a few Indian boys and I was an officer of the Indian Cultural Association in college (first white officer – maybe only!).  While in college I started celebrating Diwali and Holi, two Indian holidays, and also observing Ramadan.  Until I got pregnant, I was still observing Ramadan, and Chris and I made it one of our family traditions to throw a Diwali party every fall.  Even last year with a six week old baby, we had an elaborate spread in a spic and span house strewn with diyas.It was magical.

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Birthday Girl

One year ago today, we were going nuts trying to get baby “Voldemort” (yes, that’s what we called her until we knew who she was) to come out and meet us.  And then on a Sunday, beautiful and breezy like today, we met our girl for the first time.  It’s hard to believe we’ve been a family for a whole year.

And yet, it’s hard to imagine that it’s only a year – it feels like she’s been a part of us forever.

So today (a day before the actual date), we celebrated Nora’s birth and our whole family, which started with her.

In case you’ve been living under a rock and missed all my blog posts and Facebook statuses about it, I was really excited to throw her a party and wanted everything to be perfect.  The house was all decked out in pink and yellow.  There was bunting,

number “1”‘s everywhere,

a birthday girl seat of honor and, of course, balloons.

She had a super-girly pink tutu outfit, which made me want to giggle with joy just looking at her.

We ate some delicious brunch (recipes will be put up eventually): tomato goat cheese crepes, cheese strata, roasted potatoes with wilted greens, and a yummy cranberry-citrus punch.

And, of course, there was cake! A big one for all of us and a little one just for Nora.Nora was pretty dainty about eating – she hardly got messy at all!  But, she did pull a good chunk out of the side of the cake so we know she liked it!

After cake, we opened presents, which started out like torture for her, because all she wanted to do was walk.

Walking around holding our hands is her favorite activity and she was mad that everyone was sitting! Once we got to her airplane though, she was sufficiently distracted.

She seemed to like the walker wagon we got her, and actually did some standing unsupported next to it!

Nora was surprisingly interested in the baby doll my friend Christina, Mike, and Mr. V got her (her first doll!). She got a beautiful book from Sunny, the LLL leader out here, and her kids, an adorable bunny from Jeff, Chris’ boss, and a lot of other nice presents from our family and friends.  We’re so lucky to have such thoughtful people in our lives.  Thank you!!!

After presents, we went outside to blow some bubbles for Nora (the first she’s seen), but she was definitely starting to get tired, so the party wound down quickly after that.  Then I put a fresh diaper on her, she nursed, and passed right out.

It was one big, wonderful day!

P.S.  Thanks again to Kathleen for the great pictures!!  And if you’re wondering about my dad, his flights were canceled because of Earl and he couldn’t make it out.  😦


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Countdown to One

It’s September.  Fall is just around the corner and Nora’s first birthday is in 5 days!

Not that she has any idea…

I’m still a little bit in disbelief, but mostly I’m incredibly excited for her birthday and her party, for which we are in full preparation mode.  It’s on the 5th, which is 4 days away, but it’s a brunch — at 10 am — so we really need to have everything ready the night before…which is 3 days away.  Friday and Saturday are going to be busy, busy, because Chris will be working both days and Mr. V will be here both days.  (Gulp.  I hope I can pull this off…)

Luckily, my dad is flying in for a visit Friday night, so I’ll have some reinforcements.  We’re happy he’s going to be here for Nora’s first and it will be great for him to see her, considering the last time he saw her she was barely a person.

I’m in good shape so far.  All the decorations are waiting to be hung.

You’ll have to wait until her birthday for a full view of the custom-made bunting, but everything matches and is in theme!

There’s a mega-cute birthday girl outfit ready to be worn.

I’ve gotten a little better at making hats since her half birthday party…

Her birthday presents are wrapped, but out of sight.

Normally my wrapping skills far exceed this, but these are big and oddly shaped, so I did what I could!

The menu is planned:

  • Tomato and Goat Cheese Crepes
  • Cheese Strata
  • Crispy Roasted Potatoes and Wilted Greens
  • Applesauce Spice Cake

It’s pulling it off without our chef that makes me just a tiny bit nervous.  Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned.


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Pink and Yellow

You should have seen the look Chris gave me when I mentioned the colors for Nora’s birthday party.  Not that he had problems with the colors I chose, but rather that there were colors at all.

Maybe that’s the difference between moms and dads: I’m super excited to have everything match – from the invitations and decorations to the cake and her dress – he’s just interested in the food.  But that’s why we make a good team.  Chris is going to wow everyone with spectacular brunch, and I’m going to handle the details.

Starting with making Nora her very first tutu.

You’ll have to wait for party pictures to see it on her, but it is ridiculously cute.  And it’s pink and yellow.

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